Are We Teaching Students That Patients Don't Matter?
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Mar; 11(1): 19-21, 26.
A lay member of the General Medical Council critiques British medical education. Citing personal observations, examples from current medical literature, and conversations with students, Robinson questions what ethical values the students are being taught. She is concerned about the emphasis on technology-based intervention, the relegation of ethics to a minor place in the curriculum, and the lack of interest on the part of medical educators in teaching consideration for patients and awareness of their rights. Robinson asks practitioners not to be defensive about patients' questions and their desire to participate in decisions about their care. She concludes that physicians who welcome ethical debate and shared decision making are the best instructors of medical students. (KIE abstract)
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